Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors

Remember playing rock, paper scissors? How about playing the game in a group setting to the extreme?

My office of 90+ employees meet quarterly for awards, updates and training and just for fun, we incorporate “not your usual” team building activities.rock-paper-scissors-trophy-thoughtful-gift-idea

In this game, employees battle it out to see who is the Rock-Paper-Scissors champion of the group, as losers of each mini-round cheer the remaining winners on!

How to Play Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors

  1. Have each member of the group pair up for the first round of rock, paper, scissors. If there is an odd number, add the odd person out to another pair for a quick knock-out match.
  2. Play 3 games and the best 2 out of 3 will be the winner.
  3. The losers of the first match start cheering the name of the winner for their next game.
  4. All winners pair up and face off against each other while the ones they beat are cheering for them. When one winner beats the other, all the people behind the losing player start cheering for the winning player.
  5. Repeat this process in elimination until there are only two players left. Each should have a large group of people cheering them on from their previous wins. The game is over after one player wins the final match.

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Alternative to Fresh Cut Flowers | Flowering Plant Basket

I have a confession. I tell my husband NOT to buy me flowers.

flowering plant basket

Flowering plants are arranged beautifully in this moss covered basket.

You’re probably thinking, “What’s wrong with her? Does she hate chocolate and unicorns too?”

There’s nothing wrong with me. I love flowers – just not the expensive type that comes in a vase and dies a few days later.

I’ve experienced the thrill of receiving a dozen roses or a spectacular flower arrangement, and I’m good. I treasure those memories, but I don’t need to experience them again.

I tell my husband I’d rather take the money he would have spent on flowers and go shopping with it. Yes, I’ve become practical like that.

In other words, flowers? No thank you. Instead, show me the money, honey!

Let me add, I’m not alone in this. Several of the ladies in my office agree with me and have told their husband the same thing.

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Creative T-Shirts for New Dad & Uncle

I’ve known my friend Jody’s two boys since the day they were born. I have watched them grow up to become wonderful young men!

t-shirt-top-dad-thoughtful-gift-ideaI can’t believe her oldest, Austin, is going to be a first-time dad and his brother, Camden, a first-time uncle.

What an exciting times for these young men!

Jody invited me to her future grandbaby’s baby shower and both “Dad” and Uncle were going to be in attendance.

I’ve witnessed throughout their lives how the brothers have always had a close relationship. I wanted to commemorate them both as they experience their new life titles together!

Creative T-Shirts

There are hundreds of creative t-shirts to choose from for such an occasion.

I chose “Top Dad” a replica of the Top Gun movie logoAustin is patriotic and the red, white and blue was perfect for him! Continue Reading

Changeable Felt Letter Board

Everyone has favorite quotes or sayings they absolutely love.

changeable-felt-letter-board-quoteThey could be inspiring, funny or motivational, and almost always elicit positive and powerful emotions from within us.

This one I probably say the most…

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU
MAKES YOU STRONGER

It reminds me to see the positive side to something I’ve experienced that was hard, negative, or hurtful.

This one has changed my behavior…

WHAT WOULD YOU DO
IF YOU WEREN’T AFRAID?

Want to know my new favorite?

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Bug-A-Salt | Insect Eradication Gun

“I love flies landing on my food,” said No One Ever!

The Bug-A-Salt is a pump action gun that shoots a shotgun spray of ordinary table salt to decimate flies on contact.

Bug-A-Salt is Non-ToxicBug-A-Salt-2-0-thoughtful-gift-idea swatter!

Did you catch the play on words? A-Salt. Assault. Love it!

No more backyard BBQs with yucky flies buzzing around!

It’s a surefire fun way to enjoy a disgusting task and get rid of pests while having a blast doing it. Don’t worry it’s a lot easier to clean up a little bit of salt compared to smeared fly guts on countertops and walls. Continue Reading

Jump & Stomp Rockets | STEM Toy Gift

Toys that get kids active outside grab my attention. They are a double whammy because they combine fun and physical activity.

jump-stomp-rockets-stem-toy-giftThe latest ones I’ve found are called Jump Rockets & Stomp Rockets, and they’re 100% kid powered!

Run, Jump & Stomp to Launch Rockets

Kids run, jump, and stomp to launch foam rockets up to 400 feet in the air!

They quickly learn that the higher they jump and the harder they stomp, the higher the rockets fly into the air.

Sounds like a blast, right?

This toy gift has an ADDED BONUS.

STEM = Stomp Rockets

It’s a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) toy that teaches kids about force, gravity, trajectory, and power of air.

This gift can inspire children to go into a STEM career building rockets or becoming an astronaut!

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Thumbprint Family Tree Retirement Gift

For many of us, a large portion of our days is spent at work. Research shows the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.

thumbprint-family-tree-retirement-thoughtful-giftSo the people you work with do become family.

When Eldon, our organization’s CFO, decided to retire after 28 years, his work family wanted to find a special gift for him to remember us by.

Work Family Tree | Unique & Memorable Retirement Gift

I found a birch tree on Etsy that was perfect for for the addition of thumb or finger prints of each employee. This is an office gift that allows everyone to participate.

We have almost 100 employees, and it wasn’t easy sneaking around to different offices and conference rooms to have everyone place their thumb or finger print on the tree. But it was worth it for the end result!

Three colors for the thumb prints were chosen. Green, gold and grey to represent a change in the season–just like retirement is a change in a person’s life.

Some employees were creative with their thumb prints by making them look like leaves falling to the ground. Pretty clever!

OHFA Family Tree

thumbprint-co-workers-family-tree-retirement-thoughtful-giftOur company is in the housing business and for that thoughtful twist we added our house-shaped  logo and the words “OHFA Family Tree.” 

Eldon loved it! You could tell by his grin from ear to ear!

Thumb print gifts are unique and allow everyone to add their personal touch.

There are many variations to this gift idea such as trees, balloons, and heart shapes for weddings, baby showers, and teacher gifts. thumbprint-baby-bear-balloons-thoughtful-gift-idea

What do you call a person who is happy on Monday?

Retired!

And that is so true for our friend, Eldon. We already miss you, and we’re excited for your future adventures.

Remember, we may have given you our thumb prints but truly, it was you that left a print on our hearts!

Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.  – Judy Blume

Coin Sets & Gold Dollars for Kids

While adults get excited about a $100 bill, young kids get excited about a shiny quarter with a cool picture on the back.

coin-sets-gold-dollars-kids-giftMy oldest son loves to receive coins for his piggy bag, some for spending and some for collecting.

National Park Coin Sets

Because our family likes to visit national parks, I purchased the National Parks Quarters Set. My set contained 34 coins.

The back of each quarter features the name and iconic image of a different national park in one of the 50 states.

For a Christmas gift, I gave my son 5 national park quarters. He went crazy! He felt rich, and he liked looking at the pictures on the back. In his excitement, he turned to me and asked, “Can we go to all of them?!”

It turned into an educational opportunity for him to learn about the names of national parks and the names of the states.

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Hershey’s Candy Bar Baby Birth Announcement

After 14 years, we have a new baby born in the family July 4, 2018. Announcing my great-nephew, Rogan Charles!

hershey's-candy-bar-baby-birth-announcement-thoughtful-gift-ideaAnd… GREAT it is!

It’s been so long since we’ve had a newborn in our family that when he was born on Independence Day, we definitely felt the parades, fireworks, and the whole nation celebrating was appropriate!

I wanted to take a celebratory gift to the hospital when we visited the new Mom, Dad and baby.

Easy Peasy DIY Baby Birth Announcement

I purchased 24 Hershey candy bars (12 plain and 12 almonds). Then I took a blue permanent magic marker and colored in the HE in HERSHEY.

It’s easy peasy! All you have to do is color within the lines!  Continue Reading

Potty Training Starter Kit

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Toys are great, but sometimes a child doesn’t need another toy. Right, Mom and Dad?

potty-training-starter-kid-birthday-giftWhen my best friend’s daughter turned a year old, I came up with a gift EVERY one-year old and two-year old NEEDS.

I came up with this gift idea after I finished potty training my two-year old son only 3 months after his 2nd birthday.

Good-bye dirty, stinky diapers and annoying diaper bag I’ve been lugging around for two years.

I’d like to take this moment to do a *happy dance*. For a parent, the excitement of fully potty training your child is right up there with watching them take their first steps.

This was my best friend’s first child so she has never gone through the process of potty training before. I’m a big believer in starting the conversation early so I gave her daughter the birthday gift of a Potty Training Starter Kit. Continue Reading